The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of former MP Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy arrived in Tirupati late on Monday and took into custody a suspect identified as Parameswara Reddy. He is said to be a close friend of Vivekananda Reddy and was admitted to a private hospital here.
Mr. Reddy claimed innocence, while his wife alleged that it was a conspiracy being hatched against them by the Y.S. family. Four more persons have also been taken into custody.
After the arrest of Parameswara Reddy from a private hospital in Tirupati late on Monday, the team also took into custody four more persons hailing from Pulivendula in connection with the murder.
The detained persons are reportedly old friends or followers of Parameswara Reddy, who is a native of Kasanur village in Simhadripuram mandal of the same constituency. Sekhar Reddy, who has a dubious track record as a hired assassin and a prominent ‘hitman’, was picked up along with Sunil Yadav for questioning.
The SIT, headed by Additional DG (CID) Amit Garg, has been steadily making progress and has recorded the statement of nearly two dozen witnesses in the case.
Petition filed in HC
A petition seeking transfer of the murder investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation was filed in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. Mr. Reddy, brother of former Chief Minister the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, was found murdered on March 15 in his residence in Kadapa. Advocate Kasa Jagan Mohan Reddy filed the petition.
The State government has already constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the case.